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Fast Food Workers in 150 Cities Plan Strike for December 4

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They continue their fight for a $15 per hour minimum wage.

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Fast food workers around the country will strike once again on December 4. Nearly two years after the first major strikes, fast food workers in around 150 cities will walk off the job in hopes of receiving higher pay, writes Al Jazeera America. Workers are demanding a minimum wage of $15 per hour and the right to form a union. Anna Wildfong — a spokesperson for Show Me 15, the group organizing the strike — tells the Times-Picayune that it's currently unclear how many workers will actually participate. Wildfong is also unsure which restaurants will be affected by the strike.

Since 2012, strikes by fast food workers fighting for higher wages have become common. In May, fast food workers worldwide planned a simultaneous demonstration, in which they protested in front of McDonald's locations. In September, employees of several chains participated in strikes in 100 cities across the country to push for a $15 minimum wage, which they deem is livable. A recent study revealed that 40 percent of restaurant workers live in poverty.

The protests appear to be having some effect: Since the first series of strikes, both Seattle and San Francisco have voted to raised their minimum wages to $15. After the most recent elections, other cities have also increased their minimum wages.

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